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There have been 32 videogame movie adaptations released theatrically in the US. Over the last 31 days I've reviewed all of them. Which was the best? Which was the worst?
With previous Silent Hill director Christophe Gans and writer Roger Avary unable to commit to a sequel, the job went to British director Michael J. Bassett. The main difference between the two films is that while Silent Hill completely ceases to make sense by the third act, Silent Hill: Revelation forgoes making sense right from the start.
Paul WS Anderson has finally beaten me. How do you try to make sense of a movie that doesn't even try to make sense? You don't. There's nothing in this movie for me to grab onto, to take apart or look deeper into. Resident Evil: Retribution is just a string of action sequences and choreographed fight scenes, loosely tied together with the barest amount of plot.
Writer/director Paul WS Anderson has always had a great eye for camera angles, and he's improved enough at filming action sequences that they are now easy to follow and exciting to watch. Now if only he'd get someone else to write decent scripts for him rather than always doing it himself, he'd have a chance at directing his first truly great movie.Resident Evil: Afterlife is not a great movie. The first ten minutes are a ton of fun, but mainly because it's so completely nuts, not because it's actually good. I speak, of course, of the army of Super Alices (a flock of Alicen?) who have infiltrated Umbrella. It's completely insane and I love it.
Helmed by Donnie Brasco director Mike Newell and starring Donnie Darko lead Jake Gyllenhaal (pronounced "Jayk Jywenaaaaaahhh"), Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time ranks as one of the best videogame movies that currently exist, but is still fairly average when compared to other swashbuckling action movies.
"For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me... it was Tuesday." -- M. Bison (Street Fighter)Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li is the above quote drawn out into a 96 minute movie. In theory, anyways. Though this prequel/reboot clearly takes place in a different continuity, Jean-Claude Van Damme was reportedly offered the chance to reprise his role.
Sigh, Uwe Boll. Thankfully this is the last Uwe Boll videogame adaptation that was ever released theatrically in the US. He tried one more time with Far Cry, but only got it shown on one screen before it went straight to DVD, so I'm not including that one on my list.
Hitman is yet another videogame adaptation that commits the unforgivable movie crime of being boring. Or to put it another way: it might not be a bad film overall, but it says a lot that the only truly bad scene in Hitman is also the only memorable scene in Hitman.
Dave Foley (Newsradio, Kids In The Hall) and Zack Ward (the bully from A Christmas Story) star in Postal, a film with the rare distinction of being a good movie by Uwe Boll.
Although many people list DOA: Dead Or Alive under the genre of action, I'm almost positive it's a comedy. In fact, I'd go so far as to call it a martial arts spoof movie. It's a hilarious parody of the fighting tournament stock plot so common in martial arts films, including the Mortal Kombat movies.